Smoking gun: Top Gear in the Jag XFR-S
Ollie Marriage destroys tyres in Jag's 550bhp V8 saloon. Yes, it's another of TG's sensible consumer tests
Posted: 08 Nov 2013
And that's sort of the problem. The XFR-S loves to act the loon - it's beautifully balanced and immaculately behaved on both sides of the limit. But people who buy it (100-120 a year in the UK, Jag believes) aren't going to melt rubber at test tracks, they're going to drive it on the road and they're going to be faced with the same problem I had, namely that it's all too easy to find yourself happily wafting around in D, the car not asking anything of you. If you do go harder it'll step up to the mark, but it also starts to feel heavy and big, so you slow down and the XFR-S happily returns to pootling. Odd though it sounds, I hoped the XFR-S would be less forgiving, more compromised and make more demands of its driver. I'm also unsure of the tone Jag have gone for here: it's a bit... thrusting. So is it really a missed opportunity? Only one way to find out...